Antigua and Barbuda

Antigua and Barbuda: Hurricane Earl DREF operation no. MDRAG002


The International Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) is a source of un-earmarked money created by the Federation in 1985 to ensure that immediate financial support is available for Red Cross and Red Crescent response to emergencies. The DREF is a vital part of the International Federation's disaster response system and increases the ability of national societies to respond to disasters

51,127 Swiss francs (50,273 US dollars or 38,990 euro) has been allocated from the Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Antigua and Barbuda Red Cross in delivering immediate assistance to some 105 families. Un-earmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged.

Summary: Hurricane Earl impacted the northern Leeward Islands, affecting Antigua and Barbuda producing localized flooding and heavily impacting the agricultural and fishing sectors. An estimated 1,000 families were affected by floods and heavy winds. The Antigua and Barbuda Red Cross provided first aid services and distributed dry food rations at temporary community shelters. This DREF operation aims to provide shelter materials and vouchers to support affected families.

This operation is expected to be implemented over three months, and will therefore be completed by 06 December 2010; a Final Report will be made available three months after the end of the operation (by 06 March 2011). A map will be made available in the upcoming days.